I think that "progressive" in this context really means "live-work-play" in the urbanist sense that living, working, and doing your activities in the same neighborhood is the opposite of the sprawled ways for which Atlanta is so famous. I see nothing wrong with mixed use, quite the opposite: this is what we should go for in Atlanta. As far as gentrification, I think it is a different issue that has to more do with how these developments are planned. I think we need to find a way to make mixed use developments more affordable. It has to do with the fact that it is still much cheaper to do greenfield developments, and that there is such a mismatch between the offer and demand for walkable neighborhoods. We need to build more mixed use developments for them to get more affordable. We need to focus on building more walkable infrastructure to support them, too. We need all of us to get more educated in these matters, including people that are writing these articles!
@Tinian: maybe I was using the wrong terminology, I did not necessarily mean a square grid. All the cities you mentioned have great connectivity. Atlanta might have a lot of mini isolated grids, but he only real cross city connectivity is between midtown and downtown, the rest are just isolated. It is lacking overall connectivity. Basically developers are allowed to build high density around old country roads...
In Europe a country road remains that, and if at some point the planners decide to expand the city there, every effort is done to build the urban infrastructure for the coming development and connect it to the city grid (which may or may not be square, like in Barcelona). This is what was happening in this country as well before the car madness took over. Look at Manhattan and Chicago.
Another concern is that all the development with parking coming to a second rate country road infrastructure with no connectivity (since Atlanta everywhere but in Downtown and Midtown lacks a street grid), will pretty much guarantee continuous gridlock... Not sure what the solution is, since no new street grid expansion is in the works. I was hoping that at least around the beltline this would happen, but nothing.
Condesa features coffee from Counter Culture, not Batdorf and Bronson.
Condesa just obtained the remodeling permit! Thanks everybody here for the support, and thank you again councilman Hall!
We should be closed starting Monday, for no more than a week, hopefully. When we reopen, we should be a much nicer place, and hopefully with less smug ;-)
FYI: I called Kwanza Hall's office yesterday, Chuckie thanks for the tip! They were very helpful, and the request is being reviewed by the city today. Will keep you posted!
I haven't tried contacting Mr Hall, as I did not think it would be necessary but it seems like we need some serious help.
Is there a specific barista that acts smugly? I would like to know. Most of our customers (that I ask for feedback) are very happy but I sometimes hear people complaining, particularly on the internet. If some baristas project this attitude, I apologize as we put hospitality on the top of our priorities...
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